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Attacks on Education
Children's Futures at Risk
“The day the rebels came,” remembers 13-year-old Salif, “they destroyed the school. I saw them. They went inside the school. They went into the headmaster’s office and destroyed everything. They destroyed the students’ papers and folders.”
Quality Education for All Children
On July 12, 2013, youth delegates from around the globe met at the United Nations in New York City to fight for a quality education for all children, even those living in areas of war and conflict. They were joined by children like Malala, a Pakistani school girl and education activist whose only ‘crime’ was a desire to learn when she was shot and gravely wounded by armed men on her way back from school.
Sadly, attacks on education are not uncommon. The number of recorded attacks on education has increased in recent years. Global reports show these confrontations and acts of violence are widespread in a number of on-going conflicts. Based on UN data, Save the Children estimates that there were more than 3,600 separate, documented attacks on education in 2012.[ii]
Protect, Prohibit, Preserve
Save the Children is calling on world leaders to tackle this crisis and commit to the following:
To learn more, read our report, Attacks on Education: The Impact of Conflict and Grave Violations on Children's Futures.
[i] See Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), What Is an Attack on Education?; UNESCO, Education Under Attack 2010, Paris, 2010, see pg 23-28